FESTIVAL AWARDEES RECOGNIZED

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Festival Grand Jury Awardee Jason DaSilva (WHEN I WALK) and Remy Martin Emerging Filmmaker Awardee Evan Jackson Leong (LINSANITY) meet up at the Closing Night Awards ceremony. (Photo: Dustin Young)

May 9, 2013 – LOS ANGELES, CA     The 2013 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) produced by Visual Communications celebrated the closing night of their 29th Anniversary edition on Thursday night with the L.A. premiere screening of the Japanese film KEY OF LIFE and the announcement of this year’s jury prizes.

Director Lee Isaac Chung was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature for his moving ABIGAIL HARM starring Tetsuo Kuramochi and Amanda Plummer. The Festival’s Outstanding Director Award also went to Chung for ABIGAIL HARM.

Additional narrative film awards given out included: Outstanding Screenplay to writer Jeff Mizushima for the script for SAKE-BOMB; and Outstanding First Feature Award went to Keo Wolford for THE HAUMANA, his feature directorial debut.  Acting awards given out this year included Breakout Performance by an Actress, to Vera Miao in BEST FRIENDS FOREVER; and Breakout Performance by an Actor, to Jason Tobin in CHINK.

In the documentary jury competition, WHEN I WALK directed by Jason DaSilva received the Grand Jury Award for Best Film. Filmmaker Kalyanee Mam was a double awardee receiving both the Outstanding Director Award and the Outstanding Cinematography Award for her film, A RIVER CHANGES COURSE.  Outstanding Editor went to Tadashi Nakamura for his film JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS. Cinematographer Peggy Peralta was given an Honorable Mention for lensing the documentary HARANA.

A new award, the Remy Martin Emerging Filmmaker Award, was presented to director Evan Jackson Leong, whose Opening Night documentary feature LINSANITY absolutely packed the Directors Guild of America.

Short films this year were in abundance, with over 137 shorts being screened at the festival.  The moving film ADVANTAGEOUS by Jennifer Phang received the Golden Reel Award, while Caylee So was honored with the Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award for her film PAULINA. A Special Jury Mention was given to short films ORIOLE by Kaynipa Polnikorn and HOW I LEARNED TO TELL A LIE from Guo Shang-Sing.

The Audience Awards for favorite films were established by voting audience members at the Festival. The Audience Award for Best Narrative Film was a tie this year for THE HAUMANA directed by Keo Woolford and YELLOW FACE directed by Jeff Liu.

The Audience Award for Best Documentary Film went to JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS from Tadashi Nakamura.

Rounding out the event was the presentation of the Project Catalyst Award. This is a program started at last year’s festival recognizing new projects with a $5,000 prize for the best project pitch. This year’s winner of the Grand Jury Prize was awarded to RUN THE TIDE from Soham Mehta and Rajiv Shah. Honorable Mention was given to NEW GIRL: THE JAR AND THE BAR from Viet Nguyen and Christopher Dinh Nguyen.

During this year’s fest, other awards and recognitions given out included the Visual Communication’s Film Development Fund, sponsored by Comcast to produce a micro budget film. The recipient is filmmaker Tanuj Chopra for his film CHEE & T and will be producing his film in conjunction with Visual Communications. He is provided with up to $100,000 to make the film. The VC Development Fund is a tangible inspiration and comprehensive initiative designed to support viable and innovative projects in the constant changing cinema landscape.

Also at the Festival, emerging filmmaker Asiroh Cham was honored with the first Linda Mabalot Legacy Scholarship. Mabalot was VC’s former executive director and passed away 10 years ago, and the Legacy Fund was established in her honor to support emerging female filmmakers – a mission that Mabalot was committed to seeing move forward.

The 2013 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival kicked off on May 2 with the L.A. premiere of LINSANITY, directed by VC alum Evan Jackson Leong. The Fest will conclude May 9 – 12 with encore screenings and new films in Long Beach and at the CGV Cinemas in Koreatown, Los Angeles. For more info on the remaining schedule go to http://asianfilmfestla.org/2013/

The 29th LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL Sponsors include:
PLATINUM: Directors Guild of America; Wells Fargo • SILVER: NBC Universal; Remy Martin; Sony Picture Entertainment • BRONZE: CBS Television; SAG/AFTRA; SAG/Indie • STAR: Jenner & Block LLP; L&L Hawaiian Barbecue; Pacific Islanders in Communications; TC Charton Asian Fit Eyewear; The Famous Group; Tunnel Post; Valley View Casino & Hotel; Writers Guild of America/west; YesStyle • IN-KIND: Ace Beverage Distributor; Creatve Floral Designs; Far Bar; FestPro; Glico/Pocky; IKON Office Supplies; Molla Space; Movie Magic; Stella Artois; Suey Creative • GOVERNMENT SUPPORT: National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; California Arts Council • FOUNDATION SUPPORT: The James Irvine Foundation; California Community Foundation; Weingart Foundation • VENUE SPONSORS: Directors Guild of America; CGV Cinemas; Art Theatre of Long Beach • MEDIA SPONSORS: AngryAsianMan.com; LA-18 KSCI-TV; LA Weekly

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL 
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Visual Communications is the Southland’s premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific cinema.  Since 1983, the Film Festival has presented over 3,400 films and videos by Asian international and Asian American artists, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards.

ABOUT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, was established in 1970. The organization has established a lengthy track record of pioneering achievements in producing, presenting, and preserving more honest and accurate representations of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in America. Visual Communications is also recognized as an incubator of emerging Asian Pacific American cinematic talent. The organization’s works have been exhibited in numerous venues and broadcast outlets around the world. The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans.

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THE 2013 LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

SHORT FILM AWARDS

GOLDEN REEL AWARD
ADVANTAGEOUS – Dir.: Jennifer Phang

LINDA MABALOT NEW DIRECTORS/NEW VISIONS AWARD
PAULINA – Dir.: Caylee So

SPECIAL JURY MENTIONS
ORIOLE – Dir.: Kaynipa Polnikorn
HOW I LEARNED TO TELL A LIE – Dir.: Guo Shang-Sing

 

PROJECT CATALYST AWARDS

GRAND JURY PRIZE
RUN THE TIDE – Soham Mehta; Rajiv Shah

HONORABLE MENTION
NEW GIRL: THE JAR AND THE BAR – Viet Nguyen; Christopher Dinh Nguyen

 

REMY MARTIN EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD
EVAN JACKSON LEONG – Dir.: LINSANITY

 

DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

GRAND JURY AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY
WHEN I WALK – Dir.: Jason DaSilva

BEST DIRECTOR
A RIVER CHANGES COURSE – Dir.: Kalyanee Mam

BEST EDITOR
JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS – Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
A RIVER CHANGES COURSE – Dir.: Kalyanee Mam

HONORABLE MENTION–BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
HARANA – Peggy Peralta

 

NARRATIVE AWARDS

GRAND JURY AWARD: BEST FILM
ABIGAIL HARM – Dir.: Lee Isaac Chung

BEST DIRECTOR
ABIGAIL HARM – Dir.: Lee Isaac Chung

BEST SCREENPLAY
SAKE-BOMB – JEFF MIZUSHIMA

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE ACTRESS
VERA MIAO, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE ACTOR
JASON TOBIN, CHINK

BEST FIRST FEATURE
THE HAUMANA – Dir.: Keo Woolford

 

AUDIENCE AWARDS

NARRATIVE AUDIENCE – TIE:
THE HAUMANA – Dir.: Keo Woolford
YELLOW FACE – Dir.: Jeff Liu

DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE
JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS – Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura